A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse
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A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse   -     By: Bijou LeTord
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In "A Bird Or Two" Le Tord introduces young readers to the beloved painter, Henri Matisse. Her delightful illustrations capture the spirit and style of Matisse's art. 32 pages in hardcover from Eerdmans. For ages 3 and up.

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Title: A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse
By: Bijou LeTord
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 11 X 10 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
ISBN: 0802851843
ISBN-13: 9780802851840
Ages: 6-9
Stock No: WW51843

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Publisher's Description

Greens greener than apples, yellows more yellow than lemons. . .

In the brilliant sun of Nice, France, Henri Matisse painted the brightest, boldest colors he could imagine. Joyfully he painted everywhere and everyone. Enchanted and with a light heart, he painted all the time.

A Bird or Two introduces young readers to the beloved painter Henri Matisse. Bijou Le Tord's delightful illustrations capture the vivid colors of Matisse, and her poetic words sing to the music of his pictures.

Author Bio

Bijou Le Tord was born and raised in Saint-Raphael, on the French Riviera and studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Lyon, France. She later moved from France to America, settling in New York City, and started a career creating textile designs for such designers as Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. She also taught the theory and practice of color fundamentals at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Bijou became a full-time writer and illustrator of children's books in 1976, and since then has written and illustrated over twenty books for children. Bijou's latest book is A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse. She is currently living in Sag Harbor, New York, and working on a picture book about Marc Chagall.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-This lovely tribute to the father of modern art begins with his move to Nice, where he created some of his most joyful paintings, until his death at 84. The book is composed of simple statements about his later life and artwork-"Because of the delicate and bright sun of Nice, Matisse's colors changed." Occasional quotes from the painter or from his friends illuminate the joy he took in all the arts-music, dance, sculpture, and, of course, painting and paper collage. Masterful illustrations filled with the rich colors, sparkling light, and bold shapes that the artist loved echo his vision of life. This beautiful creation allows children to experience two gifted artists-Matisse and Le Tord.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Le Tord here does for Matisse what she did for Claude Monet in A Blue Butterfly: she bends her watercolor style to incorporate suggestions of Matisse's famous works, and her scant, poetic text tells readers just enough to kindle an appreciation for Matisse's genius. The artist is already old and accomplished when he is introduced here, newly arrived in Nice and influenced by the extraordinary light. His colors change; his friends say, "He paints/ the sunshine/ everyday./.../ He works/ joyfully,/ with a light/ heart." Le Tord's sun-steeped art brings out that lightness of heart: her portraits of Matisse radiate his happiness and sense of play. While her versions of his paintings are more a blending of her style and his (as opposed to imitation), they capture Matisse's optimism. She doesn't give much in the way of facts (not even saying where, exactly, Nice is located), but when she declares that "Matisse/ made us/ `hear'/ with our/ eyes/ the music/ he painted/ in his/ pictures," her meaning comes through loud and clear--there is music in her work, too. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Matisse is a dapper, grandfatherly figure on these pages, embodying a sense of art as life as surely as his paintings do."

Kirkus Reviews
"Using a free style of brushwork that evokes Matisse's own joy and energy, Le Tord alternates her versions of his art with scenes of the man himself, always nattily dressed, always industriously making art. This perceptive personal tribute will enhance readers' appreciation for Matisse's work."

Publishers Weekly
"When Le Tord declares that ’Matisse/made us/"hear/with our/eyes/the music/he painted/in his/pictures,' her meaning comes through loud and clear — there is music in her work, too."

School Library Journal
"This lovely tribute to the father of modern art begins with his move to Nice, where he created some of his most joyful paintings, until his death at 84. . . Masterful illustrations filled with the rich colors, sparkling lights, and bold shapes that the artist loved echo his vision of life. This beautiful creation allows children to experience two gifted artists — Matisse and Le Tord."

The Horn Book Magazine
"Echoing Matisse's intense, beautifully balanced palette, his freely brushed black lines, and even his actual paintings, Le Tord creates a series of vibrant illustrations that in many ways resemble Matisse's own work."

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